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Food services: Southern border import processes (Case study)

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Global Fresh turned to Livingston for assistance in improving its southern border import processes. With multiple regulatory bodies on both sides of the border, importing from Mexico was proving a real challenge for Global Fresh. Facing bottlenecks throughout the supply chain, Global Fresh reached out to the southern border experts at Livingston for help. Learn… Read more »

How to prepare for a customs audit

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Are you prepared for a customs audit? Both U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Canada Border Services Agency have indicated that, every importer will eventually be audited. With an audit being a “when” rather than an “if” scenario, it’s important that you be ready. After all, a customs audit can be a significant hassle for your organization. It can… Read more »

2016: A big year for customs and trade (infographic)

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Major moves to modernize and automate systems and processes using technology are underway in the global trade game, making trade more efficient and opening up new and exciting trade possibilities for businesses. With these moves come many changes that will affect nearly every business that imports or exports goods in 2016. Are you aware of… Read more »

TPP: What it means (infographic)

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TPP is one of the most significant trade negotiations since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the early nineties. It will come into effect after each member nation’s legislature ratifies it into law.

Understanding Canada’s new free trade deals

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The pending passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the recent finalization of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) are set to make Canada the only country in the world with free trade agreements with Europe, Pacific Asian countries and North America. But what are the implications of such a historic feat? Livingston takes… Read more »

Facilitating trade: NAFTA today and tomorrow

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For more than two decades, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been enabling improved trade between Canada, the United States and Mexico – but along the way it’s been both praised and criticized, many times over. As Canada and the United States work to finalize new trade agreements, including thethe Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the… Read more »

Why automate your global trade management?

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How much is managing your trade operations costing your business? If you’re relying on manual processes, you’re not only looking at inefficiencies and extra cost overhead, but the threat of manual error – and that can cost your business even more in the form of penalties, shipment delays and damage to your reputation. Investing in automation… Read more »

U.S. small businesses and free trade agreements

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There are over 28 million small businesses in the U.S. And the U.S. has free trade agreements with 20 countries. Adding two-and-two together tells you: it’s a great time for small businesses to expand into the global marketplace. There are more opportunities than ever for small businesses to source products from new countries, and to reach… Read more »

Maximize your IMMEX advantage

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Mexico’s IMMEX program allows businesses to temporarily import goods into Mexico, transform or manufacture them into a different or complete product, and then re-export them. Traditionally, taxes and duties did not apply to these items. But recent changes have made the process more complex. VAT taxes have increased and companies must receive certification from Mexican… Read more »

U.S.-Mexico border management

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Are you ready to grow your business beyond your traditional borders? Looking to Mexico is a great place to start, but the U.S.-Mexican border has long been a pain point for North American importers and exporters. In fact, even for companies in Mexico looking to ship to the U.S. or Canada, the process of getting… Read more »